Brazil’s national team successfully advanced to the round of 16 after defeating Serbia in the Group E match E World Cup 2018 with a score of 2-0 at the Spartak Stadium on Wednesday (27/6) local time.
In the first half, Brazil dominated the game and so more teams have chances to score. In the 25th minute, Neymar’s kick from close range was successfully denied by Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic.
Brazil’s goal in the first round was finally present in the 36th minute. Careful Philippe Coutinho saw the movement of Paulinho who ran into the sweet-fruit penalty box.
Paulinho successfully escape from the observation of the Serbian defense and fired a shot past the reach of Stojokovic.
At the start of the second half, Brazil continued to press for a second goal. In the 57th minute, Neymar stood in a fairly open space but his shot was successfully blocked by Stojokovic.
Entering the 60s, Serbia started out pressing Brazil. In the 61st minute, the mistake of Brazilian goalkeeper, Alisson Becker when dispel Antonio Rukavina’s cross almost fruitful goal for Serbia.
Wild ball is in front of Aleksandar Mitrovic who immediately headed the ball. Luckily for Brazil, Thiago Silva successfully stem Mitrovic header.
Four minutes later, Mitrovic successfully unleashed a header into the welcomed goal pass from Rukavina. But Alisson managed to read the ball well.
When Serbia was trying to find a goal equalizing, Brazil scored a second goal in the 68th minute. Thiago Silva who helped advance the attack able to gore bait Neymar corner corner.
There had been protests from the Serb camp for considering Miranda’s first offense shortly before Thiago Silva’s goal, but referee Alireza Faghani remained on his decision.
Brazil who had been comfortable in the game almost scored the third goal in the 86th minute. Neymar got the ball in front of goal and tried to open a lob shot, but Stojkovic managed to react well to dispel the shot.
2-0 score lasted until the end of the game. Brazil deserves to qualify with the status of group winner E.
Composition of Players
Vladimir Stojkovic; Antonio Rukavina, Milos Veljkovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Aleksandar Kolarov; Nemanja Matic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic; Dusan Tadic, Adem Ljajic (Andrija Zivikovic 75), Filip Kostic; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Alisson Becker; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo (Filipe Luis 10), Paulinho (Fernandinho 66), Casemiro; Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar; Gabriel Jesus